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Gary Woodland sets PGA Championship record before storm suspends play

12 August 2018

Brooks Koepka lines up a putt on the 15th green during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club. Woods is the most intriguing challenger, of course, because he has made remarkably fast progress in this comeback, and because he was four off the 54-hole lead at Carnoustie - just like he is at Bellerive - before he surged to the top of the board and flipped the sports world on its ear.

"It was kind of a shocker with how good everything was going for the first five holes, it was like I nearly felt like I couldn't do anything wrong", Finau said.

Tiger took the course Friday afternoon for his second round, but play was halted halfway through his round.

Seven of the top 12 players have already won one of the four majors - the Masters, The Open Championship, the US Open and US PGA Championship - while the presence of top-10 players Fowler and Rahm adds to a high-quality leaderboard.

Scott had continued to struggle this year, again missing the cut when the U.S. Open was played at Shinnecock Hills.

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He parred every hole on the back nine and his 66 matched his lowest round in a major this year, but he was a little disappointed, not least with a three-putt at the par-five 17th.

Koepka ran off three straight birdies after he made the turn and came to the par-5 ninth at 7 under for the round.

Woods answered his bogey with an 11-foot birdie putt at the par-3 sixth and a seven-footer for birdie at the seventh, the crowds and buzz around him growing with every hole.

Kisner, playing in the same group as Woodland, came up short of the green at No. 9 and made bogey for a 64.

The low-hanging fog was still in the air as players warmed up on the driving range before the restart.

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"It's a good position to be in and there's a lot of holes to be played", Schwartzel said. He started the back nine double bogey-bogey to stand 4-over when the storm struck. "But being receptive, that's my only hope".

That left Woods five strokes off the pace of USA compatriot Koepka, who birdied five of his first nine holes to make the turn on 13-under par, three shots ahead of Americans Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland with Australian Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, and American Kevin Kisner another stroke adrift.

Spieth has battled with his game all year, and his confidence isn't at its peak. "The golf course is playing soft, it's gettable, you have to make birdies". You get away with more. Personally, I would prefer more hard and firmer, faster conditions on the greens.

Former PGA champs Justin Thomas and Jason Day are only four behind Koepka, and one behind them is Open victor Francesco Molinari, who stared down Tiger in their Sunday pairing at Carnoustie. But he missed 5-footers for par at the 10th and 12th holes surrounding a birdie at the 11th. The 34-year-old shot a 4-under-par 66 on Friday, carding a 130 for the first 36 holes of the tournament and setting a PGA Championship record.

"As much as I can", Brown said of trying to follow Woods throughout his round.

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"I'm exhausted", he said. In conditions like Bellerive, no lead was safe. "I'm not too anxious with what anyone else is doing out there".

Gary Woodland sets PGA Championship record before storm suspends play